Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Why, hello Mr. Lincoln!
I can't say enough good things about my spinning class or my teacher, Mary Scott of Serendipity Farms in Suffolk, VA! Look how well my spinning has become with a drop spindle! Woo-hoo! I love it. Mary is patient and very knowedgeable, with over 30 years in the sheep industry...so interesting to listen to...and she has me completely convinced I need a Lendrum wheel to spin on! Hubs disagrees with that one, but in the end, we may be able to come to some sort of agreement. ;-)
I was able to go spend quite a few hours in the studio yesterday afternoon and Mary handed out samples of different fibers...27 different fibers or fiber blends, to be exact. Cotton, wool, mohair, flax, buffalo, angora, commercial dryer lint (who knew one could spin dryer lint!), and my favourite - recycled plastic milk jugs!
We finally got rain last night via some strong storms that went through here shortly after midnight. (I was awake from 12:15 until about 1:30, listening to it and just being thankful for it) I haven't walked out to the garden yet this morning but I did let the dog into the yard and could still smell smoke from the fires in NC. Mary said they will burn for years unless we get a few weeks of consistent rain. Wow. Perhaps it smells like this in Centralia, PA? Although that is a burning coal seam and not peat or trees so likely it would be a tad different? Who knows.
Plans for today: change sheets on beds and a run to the commissary for food. Nothing too exciting.
More photos of my spinning...Oh, and this is Mary's wool, meaning, from her sheep. Beautiful.